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Queen Victoria

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue December 1, 1897
Year 1897
Quantity 500,000
Denomination
Perforation or Dimension 12
Printer American Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $290.00
M-NH-F Mint - Never Hinged - Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Fine $110.00
M-NH-VG Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Good $23.00
M-NG-F Mint - No Gum - Fine
Mint - No Gum - Fine $19.00
M-H-VF Mint - Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Hinged - Very Fine $86.00
M-H-F Mint - Hinged - Fine
Mint - Hinged - Fine $49.00
M-H-VG Mint - Hinged - Very Good
Mint - Hinged - Very Good $15.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $36.00
U-F Used - Fine
Used - Fine $13.00
U-VG Used - Very Good
Used - Very Good $9.00
* Notes about these prices:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

About Stamp

The change of contract for the production of stamped postal supplies caused a need for new, regular postage stamps. The new contractors started work on them as soon as they finished the Diamond Jubilee Issue. As a model to work from, the engravers used a photographic portrait of Her Majesty taken at the time of her Diamond Jubilee, and approved and signed by her. Realistic maple leafs decorated all four corners of the stamps. For this reason, stamp collectors refer to them as the Maple Leaves Issue. In a circular letter dated 25th October, 1897, the Department instructed postmasters to avoid selling the new stamps until they had sold corresponding values in the older issue. The result was that the issuance of the maple-leaf stamps in various denominations spread over a period of three months from November 1897, until January, 1898. Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, from a photograph by Messrs. W. & D. Downey, of London, England, taken in 1897 for the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Creators

Portrait engraved by Charles Skinner.
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Reference

Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 35.

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